New Year’s resolutions have become a tradition for many people, with the idea that a new year signifies a fresh start and a chance to make positive changes in our lives; however, research shows that only 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions. Why is it that so few people are successful in achieving their goals and what can we do instead?
One reason is that New Year’s resolutions often focus on negative behaviors or habits that people want to change. For example, someone may want to quit smoking or lose weight. While these are admirable goals, the focus is on what someone does not want in their life, rather than what they do want. This negative focus can lead to feelings of inadequacy and failure, rather than inspiration and motivation. This keeps people stuck in not knowing what they truly desire in life.
Another reason is because New Year’s resolutions are often too vague. Desiring to “be healthier” or to “be happier” is not a specific or an actionable goal. Without a clear plan and specific steps to achieve the goal, it is easy to lose motivation and fall back into old patterns.
Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, try letting go of fears and taking inspired action on your goals to live the life of your dreams. This means focusing on what you do want in your life, rather than what you don’t want. It also means setting specific, actionable goals and creating a plan to achieve them using the SMART goals method (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely).
For example, instead of resolving to lose weight, set a specific goal to lose 10 pounds in the next three months. Create a plan that includes regular exercise and healthy eating habits, and seek support from a personal trainer or a coach. By taking inspired action towards your goal, you are more likely to achieve success and feel empowered in the process. This will lead to greater success and empowerment in the New Year.